School readiness skills include, but are not limited to:

  • Self regulation – the capability to maintain and change emotional behaviour, attention span and activity levels;
  • Sensory processing – processing environmental stimulation;
  • Receptive language skills – comprehensive of the spoken language;
  • Expressive language – speech that can be easily understood by others;
  • Emotional regulation – the ability to perceive emotions in others and regulate their own emotions;
  • Social skills – the ability to engage in reciprocal interactions with others – both verbally and non-verbally;
  • Some academic basics – writing their own name;
  • Ability for self care – independent toileting, opening their own lunches;
  • Attention and concentration spans;
  • Physical skills – gross motor and fine motor skills.

Doye, A. Transition to school  Early Horizons Vol 6 issue 2 2017

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